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UCT warns 2016 academic year could be lost if operations don’t resume

Campus protests flared up today after management announced plans to resume operations this week.

FILE: Students at the University of Cape Town are holding a silent demonstration in support of the resumption of lecture and academic activity. Picture: Supplied.

CAPE TOWN - The University of Cape Town (UCT) says unless the academic program resumes this week, the 2016 academic year will be lost.

Campus protests flared up today after management last week announced plans to resume operations this week.

One person has been taken into custody.

UCT says it's out of time to salvage the 2016 academic year, unless class resumes this week.

Today, plans to reopen were foiled after several essential services had to be suspended due to disruptive campus protests.

The university's Elijah Moholola despite this, the institution remains committed to concluding the academic program.

"Academic activities will continue going on because we recognise that, this according to various scenarios that were set out by the planning team; this is the one week we need to get activities underway in order to be able to rescue the 2016 academic year."

The university says it is subjected to Level 3 security status, which means public order police are in command during campus protests.